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Setting and Mood...and Character...and Conflict

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Allyson Davidson

on 15 August 2012

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Transcript of Setting and Mood...and Character...and Conflict

What is setting? Results A story’s setting can help reveal: Setting Notes Setting & Confict The location might be related to time - an ammusement park for a birthday celebration! San Francisco Budapest Sensory Details (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr Stockholm (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
Time
Time period
Geographical location
Weather midnight
dusk
flashback
flash forward The Future The Civil War Ancient Rome humidity parched land the sky enveloped in snow How to create setting... a character’s personality the characteristics of the people
who live in a specific location “[We] run to the window to see what we’ve only seen on television, the Capitol, the ruling city of Panem. The cameras haven’t lied about its grandeur. If anything, they have not quite captured the magnificence of the glistening buildings in a
rainbow of hues that tower into the air, the shiny cars that roll down the wide paved streets, the oddly dressed people with bizarre hair and painted faces who have never missed a meal. All the colors seem artificial, the pinks too deep, the greens too bright,
the yellows painful to the eyes” (Hunger Games 59). Setting Reveals Character The setting can contribute to a story’s atmosphere or mood by affecting
the way we feel. “The summer’s been scorching hot and dry as a bone. There’s been next to no rain to disturb the piles of ash left by the attack. They shift here and there, in reaction to my footsteps. No breeze
to scatter them. I keep my eyes on what I remember as the road, because when I first landed in the Meadow, I wasn’t careful and I walked right into a rock. Only it wasn’t a rock- it was someone’s skull. It rolled over and over and landed face up, and for a long time I couldn’t stop looking at the teeth” (MockingJay 5). What does this description make you feel? Setting can even provide a major
or minor conflict in the plot. “I look back at the wall of fog extending in a straight line as far as I can see in either direction [...] We seem to move a little faster, but never enough to afford a rest and the mist continues to lap at our heels. Droplets spring free of the body of vapor. They burn, but not like fire. Less a sense of heat and more of intense pain as the chemicals find our flesh, cling to it, and burrow down through the layers of skin” (Catching Fire 299). Setting can help
create... character mood conflict That's all, folks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u7ihJk6-lY
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